Cover Your Legal Bases Labelle FL

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Kenneth Knight Thompson
(239) 369-5664
1150 LEE BLVD STE 1A
LEHIGH ACRES, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, General Practice, Family, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,University of Georgia
State Licensing
Florida

Timothy Wayne Weber
(727) 381-2300
980 TYRONE BLVD N
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Appeals, Business, Employment
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Florida
State Licensing
Florida

David William Griffin
(727) 466-6900
565 S Duncan Ave
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Foreclosure, Real Estate, Probate, Landlord & Tenant, Trusts
Education
Stetson University College of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Heather J Christie
(239) 357-4052
12800 UNIVERSITY DR STE 260
FORT MYERS, FL
Specialties
Business
Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
State Licensing
Florida, Illinois

Steven Harry Meyer
(561) 864-0007
2295 Nw Corporate Blvd Ste 117
Boca Raton, FL
Specialties
Business
Education
Boston University School of Law
State Licensing
Connecticut, Florida

Howard Mitchell Camerik
(954) 761-8111
1200 N FEDERAL HWY STE 417
BOCA RATON, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Fraud
Education
University of Michigan Law School,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Florida

Douglas Schapiro
(305) 358-4747
110 E Broward Blvd Ste 1630
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Specialties
Family, Business, Litigation
Education
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
State Licensing
Florida

Debora Ann Diaz
(727) 846-1802
5946 MAIN ST
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
Specialties
Family, Employment, Litigation, Business
Education
Syracuse University College of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Adrian Ryan Lynn
(239) 332-3720
2080 Collier Ave
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
Leiden University,University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of South Florida
State Licensing
Florida

Jennifer Nicole
(954) 468-1307
450 E Las Olas Blvd Ste 1400
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Specialties
Litigation, Guardianship, Commercial
Education
University of Virginia School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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